Back to the Beginning: Genesis 39

Today’s passage: Genesis 39
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The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man…
Genesis 39:2

Joseph.
Sold into slavery by his own brothers.
Carried off to Egypt by the Ishmaelites.
Bought by an officer of Pharaoh.
Falsely accused of rape by the wife of his master.
Unjustly thrown into jail.

But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love…
Genesis 39:21
The Lord was with him…?!
he was successful…?!
and loved by God…?!
Hmm…
Sometimes, we can do all the right things, obey the authority we are placed under, honor God in all our choices, run from sin just as fast as we can, but unfair, unjust things come into our lives.
God allows what He allows in the lives of the faithful for a purpose. We don’t see it yet, but we will. And in the all the desperate straits Joseph found himself, the Lord was with him and he was blessed. Not only did Joseph trust God was with him and continued to honor Him, but others saw God’s work in his life, too.
So the next time you believe you’ve done all the right things, honored God in your choices, but still end up with the short end of the stick, remember, the Lord is with you. He has not forsaken you, and will continue to bless you, as long as you trust Him. It’s no less than what Jesus did, obediently trusting His Father, even when He found Himself hanging on a cross, feeling abandoned…
Lord, remind me success in Your eyes is growing in the character of Christ,
and not what the world defines as success. When I feel abandoned by You,
treated unfairly by the world, remind me You are with me and love me,
and You are working for my good and Your glory.

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